Friday, September 24, 2010

Judge Won't Stop Execution After Suicide Attempt

The execution is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m.

CBS News is reporting that a federal judge has refused to postpone the execution of a man who attempted suicide on Tuesday, the day he was originally scheduled to die. His attorneys asked the court to postpone the execution because of his suicide attempt.
Below is an excerpt of the CBS report:

According to court filings, 31-year-old Brandon Joseph Rhode used a razor to slash his elbows and his neck, which caused him to go into traumatic shock. Authorities say Rhodes may have also suffered brain damage as a result of immense blood loss.

Rhode was stabilized after his attempt and he's since been put in a restraining chair to prevent him from pulling out the sutures on his neck or doing any other harm to himself, a state attorney said.

Rhode's execution had already been rescheduled to 9:00 a.m. Friday after his suicide attempt, but the state moved his execution back 10 hours to 7:00 p.m. Friday, to allow for several appeals to work their way through the system, says corrections spokeswoman Sharmelle Brooks.

Rhode was convicted in 2000 of the killings of Steven Moss, 37, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin during a 1998 burglary of their Jones County home. His co-conspirator, Daniel Lucas, was also sentenced to death in a separate trial and is on death row.

Rhode's attorney, Brian Kammer, filed an emergency motion in state and federal court arguing that the attempted suicide proves Rhode was mentally incompetent and executing him violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

However, U.S. District Judge William Duffey rejected the request to postpone Rhode's execution.

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